Business School

Projects

Our research benefits people and businesses locally, nationally and globally. We examine issues that underpin Australia's long-term economic, social and environmental development. Recent achievements include new partnerships with the mining and resources sector and new funds for research in disaster management and energy-efficient vehicles.

Mining and resources sector developments

Mining equipment and technology procurement services (METS)

We are setting up a new METS Innovation Partnership with Austmine. The operation, with headquarters in Brisbane, will provide a collaborative platform to develop business solutions and coordinate the adoption of technologies to enhance productivity.

Our researchers are:

  • investigating the business models of Australian METS firms so that they can better access global markets
  • analysing a large survey of Australian METS to build a more accurate profile of the innovation and internationalisation in the sector.

New mining ventures

Government and industry funding of $383,000 will help us uncover why only a fraction of new Australian mining ventures survive to make a profit, and how to address this concern. This unique study, in conjunction with Queensland Resources Council and international collaborators, will collect and analyse more than 30 years of data on junior miners.

System optimisation for power stations

Mining companies will be able to 'road test' future high-cost decisions to optimise productivity and efficiency, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Synengco Ltd and the federal government are funding the Mining System Monitoring and Optimisation project, led by Professor Paul Hyland.

Oil and gas personnel risk management

A comprehensive method of assessing people-related risk across an oil and gas project is being developed in collaboration with Air Energi. Dr Karen Becker from the School of Management leads the new project: Developing a project-based people risk framework.

Cooperative Research Centre projects

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program supports research collaborations to address major challenges facing Australia. QUT Business School is the highest participant nationally in CRC research, involving researchers from all disciplines.

Energy efficient vehicles

Professor Lionel Page and Associate Professor Rob Perrons are part of an AutoCRC team working to identify barriers to the take up of energy-efficient vehicles across Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The EEV Future Regional Market and Technology Uptake Study includes Malaysia Automotive Institute as a partner. The QUT Business School team was awarded funds for two PhD students and $238,000 over three years.

Disaster response communications

Improving the role of hazard communications to build resilient communities is a key focus of a new $2.28 million, seven-year Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research project. Dr Amisha Mehta and Dr Dominique Greer will work in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, RMIT and University of Tasmania to develop a comprehensive guide to communication during disaster response and recovery.

National competitive ARC grants

Our success in acquiring national competitive grants is a reflection of the quality of our academic staff and the rigor of our research.

ARC Linkage

Pursuing the right opportunities: the actor-opportunity nexus and new venture performance

Investigators
Dr Rene Bakker (CI), Professor Per Davidsson (CI), Dr Henri Burgers (CI)
Funding
$383,000
Partners
Queensland Resources Council, Indiana University, Iowa State University
Project summary
The project aims to explain how Australians that are currently involved in setting up new business ventures can be more successful. Based on a study of new ventures in Australia's mining industry, reserachers expect to demonstrate that the key to success lies in a complex matching process between the actor involved, and the opportunity (s)he is pursuing.

Pursuing the right opportunities: the actor-opportunity nexus and new venture performance

Heart rate variability biofeedback coaching in reducing workplace stress: Laboratory and field investigations

Investigators
Associate Professor Cameron Newton (CI), Professor Uwe Dulleck (CI), Dr Nerina Jimmieson (CI)
Funding
$250,000
Partners
Autonom Talent Consulting GmgH, Lochnivar Personnel Pty Ltd, MCE Consulting, NiederOsterreichischen Landserregierung
Project summary
Targeted and informed intervention in workplace stress is a vital concept in stress management, yet it is often misinformed. Using mobile heart rate monitors we are able to measure the causes and consequences of stress in a controlled and natural environment and design specific biofeedback interventions to attack primary sources of employee strain.

Heart rate variability biofeedback coaching in reducing workplace stress

Financial decision making in late adulthood

Investigators
Dr Anup Basu  (CI), Professor Uwe Dulleck, Dr Nicolas Cherbuin (ANU), A/Professor Julie Henry (UQ).
Funding
$164,000
Partners
Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation Ltd/Alzheimers Australia Research Limited, the University of Queensland, The Australian National University
Project summary
The project aims to examine links between cognitive changes and financial decision-making in late adulthood and also to assess the preparedness of the elderly to combat financial risks due to age-related cognitive decline.
Further, it intends to examine how age, education, wealth, health, and other environmental factors influence transfer of financial decision-making responsibilities to spouses or others. It is expected that the research will provide a greater understanding of how cognitive functioning and other factors affect older adults’ financial capacity and willingness to delegate decision-making responsibilities. This understanding could be used to inform policy initiatives to protect elderly individuals and their family members from the risk of financial mismanagement.

Financial decision making in late adulthood

Incentivising attendance and peformance at school: a field experiment

Investigators
Professor Uwe Dulleck (CI), Professor Benno Torgler, Professor Anita Lee Hong
Funding
$218,000
Partners
FOGS Limited/Former Origin Greats
Project summary
This project aims to develop and evaluate an incentive-based program to increase the school attendance and performance of Indigenous students to help alleviate current inequalities between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Only 43 per cent of Indigenous Australians graduate from high school compared to 78 per cent for non-Indigenous Australians.
The study plans to investigate whether high value rewards (e.g. driving licence instruction) are effective in incentivising year 11 and 12 students. It also aims to examine whether the way incentives are provided — ex-post as traditionally done or ex-ante in the form of a trust-based contract — increase high school completion rates of Indigenous students where previous incentive schemes have failed.

Incentivising attendance and performance at school: a field experiment

ARC Discovery

Leveraging mobile phone technology to influence responsible drinking behaviours

Investigators
Professor Judy Drennan (CI), Dr Jason Connor (CI), Dr Marie-Louise Fry (CI), Professor David Kavanagh (CI), Dr Josephine Previte (CI), Dr Angela White (CI), Dr Dian Tjondronegoro (CI)
Funding
$160,000
Project summary

Alcohol remains a key social and health issue for Australia, particularly for young women. The project will assess the impact of a mobile phone software application tool for supporting young adult women's responsible drinking behaviour. Expected outcomes are to reduce problem drinking behaviour in Australia.

Leveraging mobile phone technology to influence responsible drinking behaviours

Honesty and efficiency in the provision of expert services: Doctors and other experts as participants in economic experiments

Investigators
Professor Uwe Dulleck (CI), Professor Dr Matthias Sutter (PI), Dr Rudolf Kerschbamer (PI)
Funding
$271,969
Project summary
Experts serve us when we see the doctor, the financial planner or the car mechanic. In all these case the expert can take advantage of his superior knowledge and sell us something we do not need. This research will inform policy makers about the underlying motives of real world experts and allow them to design better institutions.

Honesty and efficiency in the provision of expert services

Novel econometric techniques for dealing with point processes in high frequency financial data with applications to financial risk management

Investigators
Professor Adam Clements, Professor Stan Hurn, Professor Kenneth Lindsay
Funding
$100,000
Project summary
The recent global financial crisis highlighted the inherent risk involved in investing in financial assets. This project aims to develop novel statistical methods for forecasting the onset of instability in asset prices. The outcomes of this research will lead to improvements in the management of financial risk.

Novel econometric techniques for dealing with point processes in high frequency financial data with applications to financial risk management

Customising work through manager-employee exchange

Investigators
Associate Professor Paula McDonald, Dr Keith Townsend
Funding
$200,000
Project summary
This project will explore how managers and employees customise the terms and conditions of standardised employment arrangements. The results will inform legislation such as right to request provisions and organisational strategies such as manager training which support effective, mutually beneficial manager-employee exchanges.

Customising work through manager-employee exchange

Capturing value on the margins of the global knowledge economy

Investigators
Professor Rachel Parker (CI), Professor Paul Thompson (PI)
Funding
$200,000
Project summary
This project draws on a range of theoretical resources to develop an understanding of how workers, firms and industries develop 'isolating mechanisms', which are unique resources that enable them to capture value and compete in global markets. It will refer to global production network (GPN) theory, which will provide an account of power and conflict among a range of actors including government, business and workers in different geographical locations in the struggle to capture value. This unique theoretical framework will be used to develop a multi-level analysis of value capture in knowledge intensive industries.

Capturing value on the margins of the global knowledge economy

What facilitates or hinders the discovery and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities? A systematic comparison of the independent and corporate contexts

Investigators
Dr Henri Burgers (CI), Professor Per Davidsson (CI), Associate Professor Paul Steffens (CI), Dr Vareska Van de Vrande (PI)
Funding
$122,500
Project summary
This project received an ARC Discovery grant in 2009 with empirical work starting in 2010. It addresses under-studied research questions in the core of the field, namely what type of entrepreneurial opportunities tend to be successfully initiated and exploited in independent and corporate business contexts respectively.

What facilitates or hinders the discovery and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities?

Sexual harassment in Australia: Contexts, outcomes and prevention

Investigators
Associate Professor Paula McDonald (CI), Dr Sara Charlesworth (CI)
Funding
$396,000
Project summary
Despite legal prohibition, sexual harassment is a persistent workplace issue with significant costs for individuals and organisations. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, the research investigates the various manifestations of sexual harassment across a range of workplaces contexts. The project also addresses organisational and institutional understandings and responses to sexual harassment and other forms of gender inequality and the longer term impacts for individual 'targets'. The project outcomes will contribute to more effective policy development and implementation in workplaces and by human rights and other bodies.

Sexual harassment in Australia

Change detection in causal relationships and measurement of systemic risk

Investigators
Professor Stan Hurn
Funding
$404,700
Project summary

Empirical measures of interconnectedness between financial institutions based on tests of Granger causality are currently used in detecting systemic risk. However, researchers need to define periods of calm and stress exogenously in order to implement these tests appropriately.

This project develops a new procedure to identify changes in causal relationships and the timing of these changes. The new approach has the potential to be a significant improvement in the real-time identification of emerging turmoil in financial markets and provide an improved method for the detection of systemic risk.

Change detection in causal relationships and measurement of systemic risk

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

The inaugural DECRA scheme was awarded to 277 applicants. 203 successful applicants were from the Group of Eight universities. Of the remaining 74 awardees, QUT produced 10. This is a great achievement in highly competitive circumstances.

The behavioural birth date effect: the impact of relative position within cohorts on risk aversion, self confidence and aspiration levels

Recipient
Dr Lionel Page

ARC Future Fellowships

The role of moral sentiments and emotions in human nature: an interdisciplinary empirical approach

Recipient
Professor Benno Torgler

Young people and work: pathways to industrial citizenship

Recipient
Professor Paula McDonald

ARC committee membership

Professor Stan Hurn, from the School of Economics and Finance, has been selected as the Social and Behavioural Sciences representative on the Australian Research Council's Selection Committee for Laureate Fellows.

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